Our Grandmothers were Strong: Songs of Suffrage and Strength

October 30, 2016

When I met with Mark O’Neill at the Canadian Museum of History last spring, we discussed an exciting range of ideas for exploring Canada’s voice through choral music. Tonight’s performance expands on the project that developed after this meeting: a concert paired with the museum’s special exhibition on women’s suffrage, performed earlier today in the museum’s Great Hall in celebration of Women’s History Month.

It seems no coincidence to have found ourselves with this theme for our first concert of this, our first official year as an ensemble named after Hypatia: a Greek woman, who, at a time when women were considered little more than property, flourished as a mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and teacher; freely sharing her teachings to many who travelled great distances to hear her, and promoting independent thought and access to education to all.

October 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
Dominion-Chalmers United Church
355 Cooper St, Ottawa

Accompanist: Claire Stevens
Flute: Aura Giles
Percussion: Leslie Bricker
Bodhran: Luc van der Leeden

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